How Much Does It REALLY Cost To Hire A Live Wedding Band In 2020?

January 2020 | Jon Stephens

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What really is the average cost of a wedding band?

 

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Live wedding band cost can vary but on average you are looking at £600 to £1000 for a 3 piece band, £800 to £1500 for a 4 piece band, £1000 to £1700 for a 5 piece band and £1400 to £1900 for a 6 piece band. However, various factors like petrol costs, other expenses, off-peak and peak pricing can also have an impact on cost.

 

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Wedding band pricing can seem random and confusing at times. In this post, we are going to make sure you don’t overpay by showing you the average costs for 3, 4, 5 and 6 piece wedding bands across England. This kind of extensive research has never been undertaken before so sit back and get your monies worth!

Due to COVID-19, lockdown and the chaos it has caused wedding couples everywhere, we decided to reduce all our prices by 15% for 2020 and 2021 bookings to help out. We haven’t seen anything similar on other wedding entertainment websites so haven’t edited our findings below. We thought it was pretty relevant to mention in a guide like this!

We also have these useful guides that are helping wedding couples during lockdown and for their 2021 wedding planning

 

Top 10 corona proof wedding bands for 2021

Last minute musicians to the rescue!

Coronavirus: Postponing your wedding and entertainment 

Coronavirus: Cancelling your wedding and entertainment

 

So what did we actually do that’s so ground-breaking?

Now, we know you may not just want to take our word or some other blog posts word on how much wedding bands cost so to remedy this, we went out and did some serious stat-based heavy lifting for you. We looked at all the major UK based wedding entertainment websites, we looked at their most popular 3, 4, 5, and 6 piece wedding bands and checked how much each of those bands would cost in every county, major area or city in England. 

 

Anything else??

We then worked out an average price for each band size in each of these areas to give you the most comprehensive study ever on how much it really costs to hire a wedding band in 2020. Yes, yes we know we spoil you too much! If you want to know all the specifics regarding our findings, check the bottom of the post.

Average cost of a live wedding band in the UK in 2020 infographic

Why read all about our hard work when you can just see most of it in a handy infographic. If you want a copy for yourself, just let us know.

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Even more numbers on the average cost of wedding bands in 2020

 

Average wedding band cost across the whole of England 

The average cost of a wedding band in 2020 when adding up all prices of all band sizes from all over England is £1498.80 or £1253.60 with us. Armed with this info, you should know if you are getting a good overall deal when checking out wedding bands all over the lovely internet.

 

The overall cost of a 3 piece wedding band 

The overall cost of a 3 piece wedding band in England – one of the smallest types of wedding band you can hire is £1125.70 or £910 with us. That’s quite a jump from the last few years and surprised us quite a bit.

 

The overall cost of a 4 piece wedding band

At £1510.50 or £1117.60 with us, the average cost of a 4 piece band in England in 2020 is quite high. This was expected as demand is always high for 4 piece bands in England year after year.

 

The overall cost of a 5 piece wedding band 

With the cost of 5 piece wedding bands averaging at £1509.80 or £1389.20 with us, they are one of the bargains of the wedding band world. Hardly costing more than a 4 piece band, 5 piece bands usually offer an extra keyboardist, guitarist or singer when compared to 4 piece acts. It’s well worth looking at 5 piece wedding bands in England.

 

The overall cost of a 6 piece wedding band 

The overall cost of English 6 piece wedding bands in 2020 is £1849.10 or £1597.50 with us. That’s quite the jump from the 5 piece bands, so you only really want to consider these fantastic big bands if you have a generous budget.

 

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Which location in 2020 is the most expensive when hiring a live wedding band?

With all band sizes included, the most expensive location to hire a live wedding band is West Sussex. So if you are looking at wedding bands or wedding venues in this county, you may want to check out neighbouring counties prices too.

 

Which location in 2020 is the least expensive when hiring a live wedding band?    

Again, with all band sizes included, the least expensive location to hire a live wedding band is Merseyside. At £1361.30 or £1249.30 with us, we were quite surprised how affordable the area is so if you are looking at having your wedding in this county, stay put and book!

 

You might be asking yourself, why are Seventh Seconds prices always less than the national average? 

What do our overall costs highlighted in blue represent you ask? Well, those are the average prices for our own lovely wedding bands. Why are we on average £200 cheaper? Well, we don’t charge commission or hire salespeople like other entertainment websites. We are in the bands you see and because we also run our website, we don’t need to charge you all the unnecessary extra fees other websites do. Fantastic wedding bands without the extra fees. Simple.

 

Now for the headline act. Every single average price for 3, 4, 5 and 6 piece wedding band across all locations in England

 

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Are you ready for this? This is the big one! Look below for every band size, every location and every price. We guarantee that you will find the average pricings for 3, 4, 5 and 6 piece weddings bands in 2020 in the area you are looking to book. We hope this important research really helps you pick the best wedding band for you and your guests. Again, the black figures represent the average price with all major entertainment agencies and the blue figures represent our prices.

Click on any area below to skip straight to that section.

South East

South West

West Midlands

East Midlands

East of England

North West

North East

Yorkshire and the Humber

 


The South East

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
London 1078 1449 1565 1828 1480
London 750 944 1200 1450 1086
West Sussex 2221 2035 1922 1933 2027.80
West Sussex 868 1060 1360 1560 1212
Surrey 1069 1372 1543 1850 1458.50
Surrey 845 1040 1356 1567 1202
Oxfordshire 1079 1459 1554 1864 1489
Oxfordshire 863 1070 1470 1678 1270.30
Kent 1115 1421 1690 1897 1530.80
Kent 863 1065 1300 1503 1182.80
Hampshire 1154 1423 1551 1909 1509.30
Hampshire 860 1070 1302 1510 1185.50
Essex 1145 1443 1660 1902 1537.50
Essex 868 1070 1321 1524 1195.80
East Sussex 1095 1368 1710 2055 1557
East Sussex 863 1054 1320 1540 1194.30
Buckinghamshire 1114 1433 1471 1854 1468
Buckinghamshire 883 1104 1308 1534 1207.30
Berkshire 1127 1454 1524 1845 1487.50
Berkshire 883 1110 1489 1601 1270.80
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1219.70

854.60

1485.70

1058.70

1619

1342.60

1893.70

1546.70

1554.50

1200.70


The South West

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Wiltshire 2250 2409 1600 1742 2000.30
Wiltshire 863 1061 1413 1620 1239.30
Somerset 2203 1600 1417 1663 1720.80
Somerset 903 1100 1409 1612 1256
Gloucestershire 1057 1606 1446 1765 1468.50
Gloucestershire 898 1100 1423 1652 1268.30
Dorset 1164 1492 1465 2022 1535.80
Dorset 976 1165 1431 1611 1295.80
Devon 1137 1838 1580 1781 1584
Devon 1080 1230 1378 1600 1322
Cornwall 1184 2021 1653 1905 1690.80
Cornwall 1163 1400 1541 1701 1451.30
Bristol 1103 1600 1441 1762 1476.50
Bristol 900 1109 1430 1663 1275.50
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1442.60

969

1795.10

1166.40

1514.60

1432.10

1805.70

1637

1639.50

1301.10


The West Midlands

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Worcestershire 1062 1461 1451 2010 1496
Worcestershire 868 1065 1306 1604 1210.80
West Midlands 916 1399 1451 1868 1408.50
West Midlands 858 1043 1311 1511 1180.80
Warwickshire 1054 1419 1471 1758 1425.50
Warwickshire 860 1060 1345 1561 1206.50
Staffordshire 900 1508 1497 1723 1407
Staffordshire 883 1068 1321 1541 1203.30
Shropshire 926 1434 1500 1919 1444.80
Shropshire 888 1100 1420 1623 1257.80
Herefordshire 1108 1486 1456 1559 1402.30
Herefordshire 875 1098 1408 1689 1267.50
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 994.30

872

1451.20

1072.30

1471

1351.80

1806.20

1588.20

1430.70

1221.10


The East Midlands

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Nottinghamshire 1001 1480 1462 1783 1431.50
Nottinghamshire 880 1121 1356 1556 1228.30
Lincolnshire 1019 1546 1427 1851 1460.80
Lincolnshire 880 1104 1435 1654 1268.30
Leicestershire 935 1474 1453 2031 1473.30
Leicestershire 863 1054 1371 1567 1213.80
Derbyshire 997 1513 1458 2013 1495.30
Derbyshire 925 1134 1397 1579 1258.80
Northamptonshire 1000 1520 1460 2025 1501.30
Northamptonshire 950 1145 1420 1598 1278.30
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 990.40

899.60

1506.60

1111.60

1452

1395.80

1940.60
1590.80
1472.40

1249.50


The East of England

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Hertfordshire 1009 1364 1678 1863 1478.50
Hertfordshire 858 1100 1367 1563 1222
Suffolk 1107 1426 1502 1928 1490.80
Suffolk 863 1062 1400 1603 1232
Norfolk 1074 1594 1542 1881 1522.80
Norfolk 878 1101 1374 1604 1239.30
Cambridgeshire 1083 1446 1532 1917 1494.50
Cambridgeshire 868 1004 1327 1573 1193
Bedfordshire 1043 1361 1493 1938 1458.80
Bedfordshire 853 1067 1369 1604 1223.30
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1063.20

864

1438.20

1066.80

1549.40

1367.40

1905.40

1589.40

1489.10

1221.90


The North West

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Merseyside 944 1352 1444 1705 1361.30
Merseyside 930 1145 1376 1546 1249.30
Lancashire 944 1374 1445 1720 1370.80
Lancashire 915 1121 1420 1678 1283.50
Cumbria 1135 1408 1497 1889 1482.30
Cumbria 1000 1234 1521 1761 1379
Cheshire 943 1233 1438 1881 1373.80
Cheshire 910 1145 1405 1610 1267.50
Greater Manchester 946 1392 1450 1723 1377.80
Greater Manchester 940 1155 1389 1561 1261.30
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 982.40

939

1351.80

1160

1454.80

1422.20

1783.60

1631.20

1393.20

1288.10


The North East

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
Northumberland 1134 1599 1557 1811 1525.30
Northumberland 1033 1267 1500 1709 1377.30
Durham 1063 1530 1523 1827 1485.80
Durham 1025 1278 1501 1762 1391.50
Newcastle upon Tyne 1070 1541 1532 1831 1493.50
Newcastle upon Tyne 1030 1275 1510 1759 1393.50
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1089

1029.30

1556.70
1273.30
1537.30

1503.70

1823

1743.30

1501.50

1387.40

 


Yorkshire and the Humber

 

3 piece wedding bands 4 piece wedding bands 5 piece wedding bands 6 piece wedding bands Average cost in each area across all band sizes
South Yorkshire 1019 1359 1382 1796 1389
South Yorkshire 935 1123 1401 1509 1242
North Yorkshire 1029 1449 1420 1708 1401.50
North Yorkshire 935 1134 1404 1503 1244
West Yorkshire 984 1445 1390 1813 1408
West Yorkshire 935 1154 1345 1560 1248.50
Central Yorkshire 990 1500 1405 1820 1428.80
Central Yorkshire 935 1132 1321 1542 1232.50
East Yorkshire 1053 1447 1341 1891 1433
East Yorkshire 958 1167 1431 1631 1296.80
Average cost per band size in all areas listed 1015

939.60

1440

1142

1387.60

1380.40

1805.60

1549

1412.10

1252.80

 

So what did we find most interesting after looking at all this wedding data? 

What stood out for us most once we complied all this data? What do we think is most relevant for you? Well as explained earlier, 4 piece wedding bands are quite the expense countrywide whereas 5 piece wedding bands seem quite the bargain! 3 piece wedding bands still hold the prize as the most affordable bands out there and 6 piece wedding bands were surprisingly expensive.

  

What stood out most about all the location pricing for us? 

London usually tops the list as the most expensive area in England to book a live wedding band but it didn’t even come close to prices in West Sussex which was a surprising winner. West Sussex prices did mirror other results with the south of England being generally more expensive than the midlands and the north. 

Merseyside topping the charts as the least expensive area to book a live wedding band was no major surprise as year after year, the north of England offers couples real bargains when booking a live band for their wedding.

 

 Live wedding band examples

Every live band has its own unique price of course but let’s go through some price brackets and give you an idea of what kind of live band you can get for your money. Broadly speaking, our price bracket suggestions assume that all the below is included. It’s what we include in our pricing as standard and you should expect nothing less from any live wedding band or agency website.

  • Deposit (not always included on other websites)
  • Band hire including all incurred expenses (equipment hire, fuel/travel costs and rider etc)
  • Any and all hidden extra costs
  • Agreed added extras
  • Any final payments

It’s worth mentioning that after reading this, you should read our big little guide on live wedding bands to gain more essential insight into bands at different price points. It’s a cracking read and will leave you in no doubt about all things wedding band. The below pricing brackets don’t necessarily take into account boutique, bespoke or celebrity-based wedding bands. These acts can vary wildly in pricing.

£600-£800

We’re not going to talk about anything lower than £600 in this post as we are concentrating on three-piece bands and upwards. We wouldn’t recommend hiring any wedding band for under £500 unless you know them or are getting an amazing “mates rate”. Check out our post on whether it’s safe to book a wedding band online for more info on that. With a budget of £600-£800 however, you could afford a great three-piece wedding band. They may be small but they usually pack a mighty punch! The Avengers (below) are a fantastic example of a three-piece wedding band in this price bracket.

 

£800-£1000

With a healthy budget of £800-£1000, you can hire some of the best three-piece wedding bands and start to get hold of some great four and even five-piece acts. We always advise that quality is better than quantity. Pick a great four-piece over a decent five-piece and you will reap the rewards come party time! The Usual Suspects are a prime example of a quality three-piece and you can’t go wrong with the League of Gentlemen (below) when it comes to a competitively priced, highly experienced four-piece.

 

£1000-£1300

Within these prices ranges, you are looking at top draw three-piece wedding bands and some really good four and five-piece bands. This is a really good place to be budget-wise as it will open you up to a huge range of live bands for any type of wedding. Night and Day (below) are a great example of a four/five-piece band that are just that little bit special.

£1300-£1700

If your budget can stretch here, you are pretty much guaranteed a fantastic wedding band. You can probably start to afford a six-piece outfit within this price range and they will do you proud come wedding day. Again, once you have reached these kinds of numbers, the choice of live bands is pretty much endless. An outstanding example of a larger band are From the Top (below). You can’t get much better for the money.

 

£1800-£2500

Now we’re talking! You are getting into the upper echelons of wedding band pricing here with acts right up to 10 piece monster bands. Make sure you have the room to house these epic live bands at your wedding. With this budget, you could always get a truly outstanding four, five or six-piece wedding band if space is an issue. The highly sought after Captain Obvious (below) are a premium live band who fit nicely into this bracket. Top musicians playing only the finest venues and weddings.

£2500 +

If you are looking at spending £2500 and above, then you can pretty much pick any live wedding band out there. You can even look at designing a truly bespoke band especially for your wedding. If you really want to go wild you can look at 20+ piece bands that truly are a spectacle. Seventh Second is run by the musicians in the bands you see here so if you have this kind of budget in mind, come and speak to us and we will design a band just for you. Many of our acts can expand their bands into larger more expensive and impressive acts and one such band is Flair below.

 

 

 

Until next time…

We hope you’ve found this post useful and don’t forget to keep checking back for more. We have a plethora of information to help guide you through what can be the daunting and uncertain world of hiring a live band for a wedding and every week we add more guides to help you. If you need more help and assistance, or have comments or feel we missed something, contact us anytime. Oh and now that you know the real cost of hiring a live wedding band, why not check out our great wedding bands for some inspiration or our COVID offer below?

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How we worked out the results
To get the best results, we had to stick to the most popular wedding bands booked in the most popular area, England. We only chose England for the study as many bands based in England either won’t travel to Wales, Ireland or Scotland or if they do, their prices range wildly meaning producing an average wouldn’t be very helpful to you. In our experience, it’s just better to speak to a band specifically if you want them to travel all that way for you. We also only included “general” 3,4,5 and 6 piece wedding bands and not niche acts like Oompah wedding bands or other genre-specific acts as our list would have become so vast that all our heads would have exploded. The same reasoning goes for why we only picked 3,4,5, and 6 piece sized wedding bands. We always used 10 distinct bands and decided which were the most popular on any given website by looking at their longevity and how many positive reviews they had. We also always rounded prices up to keep it simple. Picking the top wedding entertainment websites was easy because you know, they are kind of our competition. You will notice that we listed our band’s average prices too. We can confirm they are 100% accurate. If you have any questions just ask.

 

 



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